Ascent of Niagara Escarpment High Point on 2010-10-07

Climber: Derek Standen

Date:Thursday, October 7, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Niagara Escarpment High Point
    Elevation:1785 ft / 544 m

Ascent Trip Report

Note: It is possible that the route posted here may not be open to the public, however there were no posted "No Trepassing/Private Property/Restricted Access/Red Dot" signs, which are common in the area, along the route. There may also be a more direct route to the HP, but I did not explore all possibilities.

The Niagara Escarpment / Simcoe County High Point is located near the Highlands Nordic Cross Country Skiing Lands. It was not clear whether the trails are open to the public during the off season for hiking, but there were no signs posted indicating otherwise. Instead of parking at the Highlands Nordic center, one can also park on nearby Sideroad 21 & 22 near where it dead ends and becomes a road allowance. I was told by some passing offroad motorists that the road allowance ends at a private hunt camp. As I didn't follow the road allowance to it's termination, I can't confirm this.

Route on Google Maps

From Sideroad 21&22, proceed west up the road allowance for about 700m to a right turn north onto a trail which parallels a field for 300m. The trail turns left, passes through a gate (which may be closed) and heads west past a small field with a couple of trailers. The area is full of trails which loop around, but the keep to the main trail (stay to the left) and follow the wide trail through the woods. The trail heads north and rounds a swampy wooded area and eventually heads west onto a field. The trail continues to round south, and follows the edge of a planted pine forest, eventually reaching a fork. Take the right fork. The trail shortly turns west and crosses another trail. The high point is located less than 100 meters off the trail, on the left hand side in the woods. There is a survey marker atop a grouping of rocks at the high point, however another small rock a few feet to the north may be higher. Keep your eye out for deer as there are many in the area.

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Derek Standen
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